“The New Girlfriend”: A sex farce, backwards and in high heels


It’s been said that Ginger Rogers was a better dancer than Fred Astaire, because she had to do everything Astaire did, only backwards, and in high heels. That old quote comes to mind when watching Francois Ozon’s frothy sex farce “The New Girlfriend,” now out on DVD from Cohen Media. It may not have the weightiness of Ozon films like “Swimming Pool” or “Under the Sand,” and may be a little behind the times in its trans politics. But what it does, it does with a cheeky grace — and backwards, and in high heels.

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